Justin Upton: Possible Destinations

San Francisco Giants

Following another World Series Championship in 2014, their third in five seasons, the San Francisco Giants had a hugely disappointing season in 2015. Injuries and inadequacies plagued the team all season, with the outfield being one of the biggest culprits. Both Nori Aoki and Hunter Pence struggled to stay healthy throughout the season, while the rest of the Giants outfield struggled to play consistently. Angel Pagan had a downright terrible year while midseason acquisition Marlon Byrd failed to pan out. Gregor Blanco was probably the most consistent and healthy one of any of the Giants outfielders, finishing the season with a WAR of 2.3 and a wRC+ of 120.

As it currently stands, the Giants are hoping for a healthy Hunter Pence to play right in 2016, with Gregor Blanco likely playing center. With the departure of Nori Aoki, whose option was declined by the Giants last week, the Giants have a void in their option that seems to require attention from outside the organization. With a pretty much set in stone infield of Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy, with Buster Posey and Andrew Susac splitting time behind the plate, the outfield deficiencies seem to be the biggest offseason need that needs to be addressed for the Giants.

Enter Justin Upton.

The Giants are not usually the type of team that spends big in free agency, although a strong offensive weapon like Upton may be too much to pass up. Putting him in the middle of the lineup with Posey and a healthy Pence would instantly boost the Giants chances of returning to the World Series for a fourth time in seven years. The Giants need an upgrade in the outfield, and Upton could be a good fit.

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